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For many years now, Indian women have been seen wearing vermilion, traditionally known as sindoor along the parting of their hairline. This has become synonymous with marriage and every time one sees a woman adorned with sindoor on her head, it is evident that she is someone’s lawfully wedded wife.
What is the Significance of Vermillion a.k.a Sindoor in the Indian Matrimonial System?
This red coloured powder is more than just so and has come to gain tremendous significance in the Indian matrimonial system. The traditional Hindu society gives tremendous importance to sindoor as a sign of a married woman. It is considered to be a visual representation of their prayer for a long life for their husbands. Not only is it an extremely auspicious element- one of the 16 “shringaars” – which a married woman adorns from the day she ties the knot; but this red powder also communicates to the world that she is under the protection of her beloved, her husband, her life partner.
Married women in India take pride in adorning this on their heads and are more than happy to show it off to their world around them. At the same time, the less fortunate widows are not permitted to wear sindoor after the death of their life partners.
What the Sindoor Truly Stands For-
Red represents love and happiness not only in India but more or less in every part of the world. Every Indian bride is made to wear this colour on the day of her matrimonial. She holds great bride in wearing the sindoor which enhances the entire elegance and beauty of a married woman.
The first time a woman ever wears sindoor in her life is on the day of her matrimonial, when it is applied by her husband during the ceremony. This is quintessentially at the end of the rituals and commonly marks the end of the ceremonial procedures. It is in a way, announcing that the bride and groom are now wedded.
Simple application of the sindoor is known to have a magical effect on the elegance and beauty of a new bride. Most women choose to apply it on a daily basis as a constant reminder of their undying love for their husbands.
India is growing to become a hub for destination weddings for Indians as well as tourists from around the world. With more and more people looking for innovative ways to get married, there are a number of spots across the country where you can organize a wedding of a lifetime compete with Indian matrimonial traditions and all the fan fare.
To be able to pull off a destination wedding, it is important that you hire a professional wedding planner who will guide you through all the important and smaller decisions that need to be taken. Here is a list of some of the most popular destination wedding spots in India -
Goa is without doubt on the top of the list of popular destination wedding spots. Indians and foreigners alike absolutely love the entire experience of tying the knot in this beach state. Almost all of the many luxury hotels that exist here offer some great options in helping you create the perfect setting for your big day. With the correct licenses and permits, you can also choose to get married on the beach.
Moving further north, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur offers numerous opportunities for those who wish to experience a traditional Rajasthani wedding. With a large diversity in the wedding venues, you can pick the scale of your event and create a magical and royal set up for yourself and your guests.
From old mansions, to palaces and privately run luxury hotels; you can pick from some exquisite options. This city offers ample opportunity for you to conduct a traditional Indian matrimonial. Research some of their popular wedding venues and you will realize how easy it is to create the perfect romantic atmosphere for your wedding day.
Another very popular destination in the state of Rajasthan, this city is extremely popular for its lakes and palaces. The charming city of Udaipur offers some royal, historical as well as modern wedding venues which can be easily converted into the perfect fairy tale setting that you have always dreamed off.
Home to some of the best palace hotels in the world, this city has something to offer all kinds of brides and grooms.
Yet another classic destination to choose from, Jodhpur is home to Umaid Bhavan Palace hotel which overlooks the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur from a Hill top. This modern day palace offers all the royalty with all the amenities and infrastructure of a modern home. With the royal family still occupying a section of this grand palace, this makes for an exquisite location for you and your life partner to say the “I Do’s”.
The state of Kerala offers an interesting array of wedding venues where you can wed amidst the tropical environment. Kumarakom and Alleppey present to you the gorgeous backwaters of Kerala, where you can wed in traditional South Indian style.
For those with a not so extensive wedding budget, there are a vast number of locations to choose from which offer the same scenic setting and environment that helps create the perfect setting for your wedding day.
Indian weddings have been made popular around the world because of cinema and bollywood which appropriately portray them with all the grandeur and festivities. Besides that, with all the different casts and creeds that reside within the country, there are a number of different methods and ceremonies that are followed by people from different backgrounds.
Who are the Kayasthas?
Kayasthas are considered to be a sub-sect of the Brahmin cast and are commonly found in the northern parts of India. They are referred to the writing caste and worship Lord Chitragupta, whose temples incidentally are found in down south especially in Kanchipuram.
This cast mainly follows the same system of marriage irrespective of where they reside, with a small influence of the local traditions and rituals. Like other Brahmin sub-castes, they too prefer to marry within their own sect.
What to Expect in a Kayastha Matrimonial Ceremony
A Kayastha wedding ceremony is typically consists of the following events.
1. The Bariksha is a ceremony that represents that the girl and the boy accept each other’s proposal of marriage. This ritual is completed with the girls family presents the boy with a silver bowl of rice, supari, turmeric powder and money as blessings.
2. The Sagai, which is the engagement ceremony, involves the exchange of the engagement rings between the bride and the groom to be. Here, it is the family of the groom visits the home of the girl with gifts, dresses and jewellery for the bride.
3. The Haldi ceremony takes place in both houses for the girl and the boy. This event signifies the purification of the soul and a blissful beginning of a new life.
4. The Tilak ceremony is a lot like the Sagai but it is the bride’s family presenting all the gifts to the groom.
5. The Mehendi is an event celebrated much closer to the day to the wedding, where henna is applied in beautiful design forms on the bride, close family, relatives and friends. What is unique about a Kayastha matrimonial is that henna is applied on the hands of the groom also.
These events are followed by the primary events of the wedding, bidai and reception which is a modern take on presenting the newly wedded couple to family, friends and loved ones.
Indian weddings are known for its pomp, glamour and ceremonies that are rich in culture and traditions. Like most Indian communities, Punjabi Matrimonial ceremonies also follow a range of traditions and customs which enhance the beauty of the ceremonies and signify the purity of the matrimonial bond.
The Glamour of Punjabi Weddings
In all parts of India, especially in the north, weddings are celebrated like any other festival with the same enthusiasm and excitement. Friends, family, relatives from all parts of the country and now even the world come together to bless the newlyweds.
Their weddings are typically very flamboyant and span over a couple of days. All the family members and guests attend all these ceremonies which consist of lots of colors, music, pomp and magic.
1. A typical Punjabi wedding starts with a modest ceremony known as the ‘Roka’ or ‘Thaka’ where the father of the bride and the bride’s relatives visit the boy’s home with gifts, sweets and blessings.
2. This is followed by the ‘Mangini’ which is much like a quintessential engagement ceremony. This takes place in front of the elders of the household where rings are exchanged between the bride and the groom.
3. On the day of the wedding, the ‘Baraat’ is a procession that is taken out by the groom and his family members who travel to the venue of the wedding ceremony. This procession consists of a lot of fun, frolic, music and dance and marks the arrival of the groom to fetch his bride.
4. On arrival, there is a small ceremony known as the ‘Milni’ which signifies the meeting of the relatives and family members of both sides. Gifts are exchanged and this signifies the start of the wedding ceremonies where the families are now united.
5. The bride and groom now exchange garlands in a ceremony known as the ‘Jaimala’ and proceed to the ‘Phera’s’ where the vows are taken between the couple.
At the end of this ceremony takes place the Bidai where the family members of the bride bid adieu to their little girl who is moving in with her husband and his family. Each and every ceremony in a Punjabi matrimonial is conducted based on auspicious hours set by the family priests. All in all, Punjabi weddings are an experience to remember.
In spite of all the colours, dance, fun and impeccable hospitality of the family members, the success of any matrimonial event is often gauged on how good the food was. Very often you will find old people walking out of a wedding hall and commenting on the quality of the food first. One can imagine the pressure of having the perfect caterers and setting the perfect menu to ensure that the guests of your wedding party go home happy and with good memories of your event.
Indian weddings are incomplete without a buffet of mouth-watering delicacies. And thus, it is important for your hire a caterer who is able to offer to you a range of food items which satisfy the taste buds of all guests present.
Before you hire a caterer, make sure you have taken into consideration the following :–
1. While you are talking to the caterers, make sure they know what culture you belong to, which will influence the taste pallet of the menu. For example, Punjabi weddings will consist of a non-vegetarian menu with a range of spicy dishes while a typical Gujurati wedding will most probably consist of an extensive but pure vegetarian menu.
2. Identify the food items that the caterers are famous for, and request for a tasting session. Do not simply go by word of mouth and fix on a menu that you feel will work best with your guests.
3. It is preferred that your caterers are focused on catering to only your wedding party. During peak wedding seasons, it is common for caterers to divide their staff between multiple events, thus risking the quality of food and service offered.
4. Make sure that they are abiding to all the necessary health-codes and not risking the health of your guests.
5. Ensure that the caterers assign to you a relationship manager before and on the day of the matrimonial event. He or she should be your ‘go-to’ person in case of any complaints on the day of the event.
6. Also see pictures of events they have handled in the past. Gauge their cleanliness, quality of cutlery, uniforms of the serving staff and the aesthetics.
In addition to this, put on your negotiation hat and make sure you are able to get the best possible rate out of the caterers you pick.
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